Anatomy pathological jealousy, or What is the Othello syndromeBy Pictolic https://pictolic.com/en/article/anatomy-pathological-jealousy-or-what-is-the-othello-syndrome
Most of us are faced with the manifestations of jealousy. It is quite a normal feeling, unless, of course, it doesn't take painful, ugly forms. Abnormal, pathological jealousy is demeaning and destructive phenomenon that it is imperative to fight. Delirium of jealousy is a serious mental disorder, socially dangerous and capable of breaking a life to the jealous and people close to him.
A mental disorder called delusions of jealousy is, first and foremost, the alarming symptom that indicates serious disease. It can be associated with severe psychotic disorders or even brain damage. Most often we hear about the painful jealousy in men, but this does not mean that women do not suffer from them. Just in women this problem is much rarer.
Delusions of jealousy have been associated with diseases such as paranoid schizophrenia, chronic delusional disorder, and injuries, neoplasms and infectious pathologies of the brain. Addiction to alcohol and drugs only exacerbates the disease and makes jealous of this type is even more dangerous.
Doctors emphasize the plot of jealousy, typical for men and women. Representatives of the stronger sex is usually driven by a motive that is not associated with spiritual intimacy, love and fear of losing a loved one. They are looking for the fact of treason, accusing the partner in depravity and try to identify the lovers. I will give everything on the contrary — it's all about feelings, emotions and fear of loneliness.
Despite this difference, delusions of jealousy are equally dangerous for men and women, as it deprives a person of control over his actions. The phrase "killed in a fit of jealousy" is all too common in the headlines crime news, so we can ignore pathological jealousy.
Many confuse jealousy with painful annoying distrust. But these two States are fairly easy to distinguish. Knowing the basic characteristics of the "Othello syndrome", it is easier to find alarming signals and to protect themselves from contact with the sick person.
A key factor in the recognition of delusions of jealousy — aggression. This phenomenon can have two different vectors and specialists divide heteroarenes — are directed outward, to partner and others, and autoaggression directed at himself. People with delusions of jealousy can scour the house in search of lovers, throw and break things, scream and most worryingly — easy comes to the use of violence. Much less jealous and trying to harm myself or to commit suicide.
An important symptom that is hard to miss — it's an obsession, and crazy theory, which is worn by the patient. It so happens that the husband discovers his old, lost a few months ago, the toe and builds around it a story. The logical chain created by the morbid imagination of the jealous certainly present treacherous lover who, in his absence, visited the slutty wife, but in a hurry forgot a piece of clothing.
As a sock covered in dust, so he's been lying behind the sofa, this means that cheating occurred less than a month ago. Homegrown Othello recalls that it was at this time he was a couple of days away and here is the finished family tragedy scale.
However, you jealous useless to persuade, because the situation is already very clear. His fixed idea is to catch a partner cheating, and he will never refuse this gift of fate. For the patient characterized by the loop that is on the sexual aspect of events he paints a picture of rough sex and his imagination abundantly adorns the cover picture details.
Often it is complicated by ideas of conspiracy — the patient with delusions of jealousy considers that it wants to get used to the light, for example, to poison or bring on a spell, trying to adjust to a car accident and so on. His mistrust of drugs, food and even quite ordinary things such as threads on the bed, crumbs on the table, the random shards of glass at the door. In many subjects the patient sees the poison or the mystical attributes of witchcraft.Practice these people and the so-called stalking. They check their partners at work, watching them at home, on the street and in the companies, read personal correspondence in social networks, and carefully study the lists of incoming and outgoing calls in your phone. Often the patient requires a life partner information about travel, people with whom he communicates, and even photos and location data.
Colleagues, friends, neighbours, staff in hotels, beauty salons and cafes, casual acquaintances and companions, any friends of the opposite sex partner will automatically fall under suspicion. In common courtesy is seen flirting and this is dangerous not only for life, but for others.
Often jealous of the house installed hidden cameras, and gadgets for tracking user activity application. In the most severe cases, and patients have hallucinations — hears voices, sees people in the closet and outside the window. One of the psychiatrists in his scientific work tells the story of a husband who set fire to the house, as it seemed to him that he saw him as a wife with her lover. Psychopaths of this type can do terrible, irreparable acts.
At all times, women tended to justify pathological jealous and to convince himself and others that everything is in order. Manifestations of delusions of jealousy are often blamed on the incredibly strong love, a bad mood or bad temper. Therefore, wife's years of suffering the humiliating interrogations, surveillance, tantrums and beatings. They are afraid of being alone, of losing social status, to remain without a livelihood, and to deprive children of a father.
Often this humility ends tragically — we are aware of only a small part of what they do patients with delusions of jealousy. People with Othello syndrome rage behind the doors of thousands of apartments and their actions remain a mystery. But you should understand that morbid jealousy is not a cold and it will not work, and eventually emerge stronger. Only a decisive break with such a man or appeal to the specialist who will conduct a survey and prescribe treatment.
History knows cases when the history of morbid jealousy ended in mass tragedy. 176 passengers of the Soviet airliner almost died in 1988 because of a painful confrontation between a jealous wife and not too faithful husband.